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Oil changes are one of those things you'll want to keep on top of. They're one of the easiest ways to maintain your car and keeping on a regular service schedule is how you'll keep your car driving well into the future? How often should you change your oil? Your oil change frequency is dependent on your owner's manual and driving style, but typically, you'll want a change between 5,000 and 10,000 miles at a time. Kistler Ford has a great primer on this important part of car service.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Even though the 5,000 to 10,000 mile guideline works in most circumstances, certain vehicles will need an oil change sooner. Scheduling service with Kistler Ford for more frequent oil change needs is a good idea if your vehicle is involved in any of these activities:

  • Heading off-road
  • Commercial use
  • Racing near Toledo
  • Heavy towing or hauling

How Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?

If you're a synthetic oil driver, you'll typically go a longer time between oil changes. How often should you change your oil if it's synthetic? You'll want to check your car's owner's manual for the full story, but in most cases, you'll have between 6,000 and 16,000 miles between oil changes for the average synthetic oil car.

What Happens When Your Car's Oil Isn't Changed? 

You need to have fresh oil to operate efficiently in Toledo. Oil keeps your vehicle lubricated, meaning friction and overheating are less likely. Oil also collects debris on the way to your oil filter. Every now and again, you'll need to replace your oil and filter. If you neglect this, this is what you can expect in your vehicle's future:

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated 
  • Engine is making a knocking sound
  • Oil that's dark and dirty
  • Exhaust pipe is emitting smoke
  • Overheating engine

Discover Your Ideal Oil Change Frequency With Kistler Ford


When you need maintenance, just schedule service with us! We've got some of the most knowledgeable service professionals you can find for your Ford vehicle. We're manufacturer certified, which many local mechanics can't boast. If it's time for an oil change or you want to learn how to turn off Ford MyKey, just contact us!